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Inventory of the Paul Hamilton Hayne Papers, 1859-1899, 1942

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Papers include letters, poems, and clippings from and about poet Paul Hamilton Hayne of Charleston, South Carolina. Also included is correspondence between his wife Mary Middleton Hayne and his aunt Susan B. Hayne, poems and letters from Paul Hamilton Hayne's son William H. Hayne, and typescript poems of Arthur Hugh Clough and Sidney Lanier.
Title: Paul Hamilton Hayne papers
Creator: Hayne, Paul Hamilton, 1830-1886
Date(s): 1859-1899,  1942  
Extent: 0.2 linear feet
(1 slim document box)
Repository: Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
Call Number: Mss 0023
Language of Material: Materials in English

Biographical Note

Poet born in Charleston, South Carolina. Paul Hamilton Hayne, the only child of Paul Hamilton Hayne and Emily McElhenny Hayne, was raised by his mother and uncle Robert Young Hayne (U.S. Senator and South Carolina Governor) after his father died. Hayne married Mary Middleton Michel (of Charleston) in 1852, and had a son, William H. Hayne. Hayne's aunt was Susan B. Hayne. Hayne briefly practiced law but abandoned that profession for a literary career. He became editor of Russell's Magazine and the Charleston Literary Gazette, contributed poems and articles to various periodicals, and published three volumes of poetry in Boston. The Civil War destroyed much of his property, causing him to move his family to "Copse Hill" at Grovetown, Georgia in 1866.

Collection Overview

Papers include letters from Paul Hamilton Hayne, a holograph poem, clippings of Hayne's poems, clippings of articles by or about Hayne, clippings of Hayne's obituaries, a printed statement (account, 1883) regarding the estate of Susan B. Hayne (1896), a typescript copy of a letter from M[ary] M. Hayne to Miss Susan B. Hayne, three letters from publishers, a holograph poem and typescript poems (unsigned), clippings of eulogies, and a typed manuscript "Miscellaea concerning Paul Hamilton Hayne, W[illiam] H. Hayne, [Arthur Hugh] Clough, and [Sidney] Lanier" containing copies of poems and letters.

A letter from Hayne to the editors of Home Journal (1859) concerns a poem Hayne contributed to the magazine in 1855. Letters from Hayne to Susan B. Hayne at Charleston (S.C.) concern family and friends.

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person, family, or organization, by topical subject, by place, and by types of material.


    • Hayne, Paul Hamilton, 1830-1886
    • Hayne, Mary Middleton Michel, 1831-1892
    • Hayne, Susan Brandford, 1829-1895
    • Hayne, William Hamilton, b. 1856
    • Clough, Arthur Hugh, 1819-1861
    • Lanier, Sidney, 1842-1881


    • American poetry--19th century
    • Poets, American--Southern States


    • South Carolina--History

    Types of Material

    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Correspondence
    • Poems


    Correspondence, 1859, 1884-1886, 1942   box 1 | folder 1

    Primarily originals and typescript transcripts from Paul H. Hayne to Susan B. Hayne, sent from "Copse Hill." Also includes handwritten letter from Hayne to the editors of Home Journal (1859) regarding his poem "The Village Belle" and a typescript letter (1942) from D.M. McKeithan to Adele F. Wegelin regarding a recent donation of Hayne materials to the University of Texas Library.

    Paul Hamilton Hayne poems, undated   box 1 | folder 2

    Includes handwritten, typescript, and newspaper clippings of various poems.

    Newspaper articles, 1868-1870   box 1 | folder 3

    Includes clipping about Paul Hayne and clippings by [William] H. Hayne written for Burke's Weekly for Boys and Girls, Macon, Georgia.

    Obituaries for Paul Hamilton Hayne, 1886   box 1 | folder 4

    Includes newspaper clippings from various Georiga newspapers; also includes one from The New York Times.

    Executor's statement regarding Susan B. Hayne's estate, 1896 February   box 1 | folder 5

    Letter from M[ary] M. Hayne to Susan B. Hayne, 1883 October 19   box 1 | folder 6

    Typescript transcript of letter (originally in pencil), mentions Paul H. Hayne's poem His Lost Andromache.

    Correspondence with publishers, 1896-1899   box 1 | folder 7

    Addressed to William H. Hayne, son of Paul H. Hayne, regarding posthumous publications about Paul H. Hayne.

    William H. Hayne poems, undated   box 1 | folder 8

    Clippings regarding William H. Hayne's eulogy for poet Sidney Lanier, 1890   box 1 | folder 9

    Annotated typescript, "Miscellanea concerning Paul Hamiltion Hayne, W[illiam] H. Hayne, [Arthur Hugh] Clough, and [Sidney] Lanier."   box 1 | folder 10

    Typescript includes summaries for some items in the collection and small number of other materials.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

    Copyright Notice

    The nature of the College of Charleston's archival holdings means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. Special Collections claims only physical ownership of most archival materials.

    The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Paul Hamilton Hayne papers, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Processing Information

    Originally processed by Special Collections staff, date unknown.

    Reprocessed by Cara McHugh, March 2013.

    Encoded by Cara McHugh, March 2013.

    Reviewed and uploaded by Martha McTear, April 2013.

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